mjg74 (2950) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle(8.2%) from BevMo. Dark amber on pouring with very little foam. Sweet chocolate aroma with a bit of roasted maltiness. Flavor is slightly sweet up front with some dark fruitiness. Finish is bitter and roasty with a little bit of hoppy bitter finish. Only a touch of alcohol. Not bad.
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours a reddish-dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of wood, molasses, licorice, toasted oats, nuts, cocoa, and coconut. Flavor of cocoa, burnt malt, caramel, and some fruit with a bitter finish. Complex and unique, but somewhat unbalanced.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Bottle from cbkscubert. Dark hazy amber color with nice tan head that vanishes quickly leaving good lacing. Aroma of malts and grape juice. Taste was malty with rasins, plums yeast, soy, and plums combined with a sour funk. Slight sour/ bitter finish. Funny, this beer smelled better than it tasted.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of FlacoAlto. Pours a dark red with a thin beige head. Smells of honey and caramel. Nice medium bodied, creamy. Heavy malt taste with just enough hop backbone. Can taste a hint of alcohol, but it warms you up nice. Very good beer.
BrewerDub (34) - USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice strong brown ale. Dark amber color. Very sweet smelling. Extremely roasted and a nice touch of caramel malt sweetness. Very full bodied ale. Slight hop punch in the background. Very nice brown ale for those chilly nights.
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Dark, cloudy, burnt orange ale with a small, creamy, beige head. Terrific retention. The malty, caramel aroma also offers vinous notes and a hint of molasses. Bold, beefy flavor with chewy malts and restrained alcohol. Good balance; moderately sweet and just bitter enough. Full-bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes mildly bitter and warming. Kudos to FlacoAlto for supplying the bottle!
asmithbeer (71) - California, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very deep reddish amber pour, nice, with little creamy head. Mild smell, slighlty sour and a little bit like maple syrup. Flavor is very mild, slighly sour and malty, almost watered down. Nice try Nimbus, but not that great.
kepano (253) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Beyond entertaining names and labels, Nimbus had failed to impress and so my suspicions of the brewer were to remain mediocre without an intervention of my last two contenders. Unfortunately, Old Monkeyshine was not the miracle I hoped for. In appearance it gloomed coagulating red, and bubbled a custard froth. Metallic grape juice emerges on the nose, followed by tinny malts of the caramel and coffee varieties, and a melange of fruity and earthy qualities. Cherry and unmistakable watermelon appear at first, but soon reveal the more pungent aromas of walnut and raw pumpkin. An awkward sensation of sour grapes replaced the metallic aspect on the tongue, engulfed in bland chocolate malts, raw pumpkin and piney hops. The palate is pleasantly soft and certainly hides its alcohol, but finishes in a bumbling bitter and sour aftertaste. Unique, but not the profile I enjoy.
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle acquired in trade with FlactoAlto (thanks!). Poured a deep reddish / brown with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of small floaters. Aromas of caramel, light chocolate, roasted malts, brown sugar and all around malty. Softer tastes of caramel, roasted malts, and chocolate. Alcohol content hidden. A bit on the thin side.
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Immy for this one. From bottle, pours a red mahogany with tan fo9amy head. Nose is light, sweet malt. Flavor is earthy malt with a light bitter finish. Surprising this was 8%!